Despite an air of weariness, most everyone seemed to walk a bit more briskly and with a bit more excitement as the day progressed today. Grammar and AP Style; meeting working journalists at The Arizona Republic who proved to be friendly and generous with their time and knowledge; listening and learning a great deal from Michael Roberts on The Five Stages of a Story; and adding to our multimedia repertoire with InDesign. It was another full day.
And then...school was out and we were released for the weekend! Ahhhhh, the stress and weariness all but disappeared as we tore off our name tags and exited the building. I think that the mental health benefits of spending time with colleagues who are in the trenches with you and truly understand how solitary, demanding, and lonely teaching journalism can be is as valuable as time spent in the classroom.
This was certainly the case with me as tonight was the first opportunity I was able to enjoy time with classmates who I am now proud to count among my friends. To be able to enjoy a meal and conversation without a deadline was magical and we indulged in the experience.
I would be remiss if I didn't take this time to thank those who have, through their generosity, allowed 35 teachers from around the country, to spend two full weeks learning what we need to know to teach journalism. The Phoenix ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute is extraordinary and I am very appreciative for the opportunity.
St. Margaret's Episcopal School
San Juan Capistrano, CA